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Academy Town Square

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The Academy’s Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. Town Squares focus on critical global issues in environmental science by featuring prominent thought leaders and their findings on biodiversity, freshwater issues, climate change, and evolution. Environmental advocates, scientists, and community members come together for an opportunity to further their knowledge about environmental and sustainability matters through accurate, real-time scientific information.

Upcoming Town Square Events: 

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Environmental Forum: Philadelphia City Council At-Large Candidates
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Co-sponsored by PennFuture and Clean Air Council
Moderated by WHYY/StateImpact Pennsylvania

There’s a crowded field of candidates running for Philadelphia City Council At-Large in the May 21 primary election. Major environmental issues impacting Philadelphians include climate change, stormwater management, sustainability and public transportation. Find out where each candidate stands on these hot-button issues that involve climate justice, flood control, air quality and more.

Free with registration. 

Ted Daeschler in Antarctica

Cold Hard Science in Antarctica: A Paleontology Adventure
Presented with WHYY’s The Pulse
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

What’s it like to dig for fossils in one of the most inhospitable places on earth? Academy Curator of Paleontology Ted Daeschler recently returned from his second action-packed expedition to Antarctica in search of Devonian-age fish. Join Daeschler in his conversation with Maiken Scott, host of WHYY’s The Pulse, as he reveals the complex logistics and challenging conditions he and his team endured to reach a treasure trove of fossils they hope will shed new light on the origins of life. 

Free with registration. 

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Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture
Global Warming as an Opportunity
Featuring Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography, The Pennsylvania State University
Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m.

Global warming is a massive, seemingly unsolvable problem facing humanity. However, humans have prevailed when confronted with problems of this scale before, and solutions to global warming already exist. Join us as Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography at The Pennsylvania State University, outlines how these solutions, if implemented, will have numerous co-benefits including improvements in air quality, agricultural yields, human health, and economic and ecological well-being.

Free with registration. 

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Water and Well-Being: Global Approaches to Water Management & Public Health
Thursday, May 16, 5:30 p.m.
Co-presented by Drexel University College of Engineering, Drexel University Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains one of the world’s most urgent health issues, according to the United Nations. Join us in this conversation with health, engineering and environmental experts from Israel and Drexel University as they outline the latest efforts at engineering healthy water.

Lead Speaker:

  • Nadav Davidovitch, Professor and Head of the Department of Health Systems, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


  • Nadav Davidovitch, Professor and Head of the Department of Health Systems, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

  • Noam Weisbrod, Professor and Director of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben Gurion University of the Negev

  • Chuck Haas, Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University

  • Jerry Fagliano, Associate Clinical Professor and Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health, Drexel University


  • Michael Yudell, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University

Free with registration.